Flaxseed is considered a “superfood” as it is nutritionally dense. It has been used for nutrition since ancient times. Flaxseeds contain high amounts of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, These are the fats that are considered beneficial. Lignans, which contain plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed has 75 to 800 times more lignans than many other plant foods. Fiber, flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Studies have suggested that flaxseed may protect against:-
Breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
Cardiovascular disease and promotes lower blood pressure.
Lowers LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol.
Helps regulate blood sugar.
Reduces the incidence and severity of hot flashes.
The studies are not conclusive, but seem to hold a lot of promise.
55 calories for each tablespoon of whole seeds.
This breaks down as 42% fat, 29% carbs and 18% protein.
It is generally considered more effective to take flaxseed rather than flaxseed oil and it is also better to take ground flaxseed as the whole seeds can pass through the body in their whole form. This results in the flaxseed being unable to pass on it’s beneficial components to the body.
Flaxseed can be bought in ground form or you can grind it yourself using various methods. The simplest method is to grind the seeds in a blender or coffee grinder for a few minutes.
The ground flaxseed is sold under various names such as milled, ground or flaxseed meal, they all mean the same thing.
As always, buying organic is preferable.
At this time the suggested dose is 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed 2-3 times per day.
Taking large amounts of flaxseed could block the intestines due to the laxative effects of flaxseed. Flaxseed should be taken with lots of water to prevent this from happening. It is best to check with your doctor before taking flaxseed if you are taking medications for any condition. For a full list of possible side effects and drug interactions, CLICK HERE
Benefits of Flaxseed For Weight Loss
Inflammation hinders weight loss and flaxseed can help reduce inflammation. Flaxseed is high in phytochemicals including several antioxidants. The fiber content in flaxseeds can help to regulate the digestive system and possibly make you feel fuller for longer. Fiber can also help to regulate blood sugar, which has an effect on weight when it is not stable.
Flaxseed promotes good nutrition, which is essential for healthy weight loss.
How To Take Flaxseed
Ground flaxseed can be added to whatever foods you wish, but would be a useful component in a meal replacement shake, combined with other ingredients such as Chia Seeds, Protein Powder, fruit etc. You can also take flaxseed oil.
Flaxseed is another supplement that can assist you in losing weight. Like anything else, it is not a solution on it’s own. Flaxseed may help with weight loss due to the theory that proper nutrients balance the body, and when the body is in balance, it will be much easier for you to lose weight naturally and safely.